Melissa Etheridge &
Tammy Lynn Michaels
|Melissa Etheridge, who split up with her longtime girlfriend Julie Cypher in 2000, is now married to actress Tammy Lynn Michaels. |
PageSix.com, Nov 19th, 2001:
"MELISSA'S GAL ROCKS HER WORLD"
Melissa Etheridge has revealed how her new girlfriend - the sexy blonde star of TV's "Popular" - first came onto her at lesbian bar.
The Grammy-winning rocker says she was nursing her wounds from her agonizing bust-up with Julie Cypher at the Los Angeles night spot Felt when 26-year-old Tammy Lynn Michaels approached.
"She looked me in the eyes and said, 'I hope you don't have any problem with age, because I'm 26, but I'd love to take you out to dinner,'" Etheridge, 40, told London's Sunday Times.
"Nobody had ever done that before. I said OK, took her number, and a couple of weeks later called her up."
Michaels says Etheridge doesn't have to worry about her turning straight, like Cypher did after they had been together for 12 years.
"I've never been with men, ever...I'm gay-blooded," Michaels insists
National Enquirer, May 29th, 2001:
"MELISSA ETHERIDGE FINDS LOVE WITH TV STAR"
NINE MONTHS after her public breakup with Julie Cypher, rocker Melissa Etheridge has found love with a new galpal -- who's nearly half her age!
For several weeks, 40-year-old Melissa has been smitten with Tammy Lynn Michaels, 23, who stars on WB's "Popular."
The beautiful blonde sitcom star has successfully mended Melissa's broken heart -- and the couple have taken trips to Florida, Las Vegas and New York City.
"Melissa and Tammy Lynn are definitely an item," an insider told The ENQUIRER.
The May-December romance started in April when the women were introduced at the West Hollywood bar, Felt.
"Tammy Lynn noticed Melissa kept checking her out, but both were too shy to approach each other. So a mutual friend made the introductions," a source close to the couple told The ENQUIRER.
"Since then, they have been nearly inseparable. Tammy recently accompanied Melissa to West Palm Beach, where Melissa performed at the Florida city's annual SunFest."
Then, they flew to Las Vegas on Friday, May 11, where they stayed in the Bellagio hotel. They painted the town red all weekend and partied at the hip rumjungle nightclub in the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
Divulged the source: "When they're not flying around the country, Melissa and Tammy split their time between Tammy's Studio City apartment and Melissa's Santa Monica home. Often, Tammy picks Melissa up from the Burbank studio where she hosts the Lifetime series 'Beyond Chance.'
"It's a real romance -- and they're both incredibly happy with each other."
New York Post, June 7th, 2001:
"MELISSA HOT FOR YOUNGER GAL"
Lesbian rocker Melissa Etheridge has finally mended her broken heart - by dating a hot young actress 14 years her junior. Etheridge, who just turned 40 and is on the rebound from her breakup with Julie Cypher, is seeing Tammy Lynn Michaels, a 26-year-old blonde who stars in the hit TV series "Popular."
"I want to jump up and go 'Woo-woo!' " a jubilant Etheridge tells next week's People magazine.
"I figure I'm doing the early mid-life crisis, dating a 26-year-old and buying a Camaro.
"Why not?...Turning 40 is like 180 in rock-star years."
The new relationship blossomed nine months after Etheridge parted company with Cypher last September after 12 years together.
Cypher had two kids through artificial insemination with the sperm of veteran rocker David Crosby when she lived with Etheridge, who is legally their co-mom. Etheridge tells People there is still bitterness between her and Cypher, the former wife of Lou Diamond Phillips.
"This isn't all tea and honey. There's sadness and anger," she says.
But Etheridge says she's head over heels for Michaels. On "Popular," the WB network's satirical look into the dark side of high school, Michaels portrays the villainous Nicole Julian.
GayNews, September 2nd, 2003:
Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels Say "I Do "
Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge and actress Tammy Lynn Michaels wasted no time in taking advantage of California's new domestic partner law. Within hours of of the legislation's signing by gov. Gray Davis, Etheridge and Michaels exchanged vows at a Los Angeles ceremony
For the past two years the couple has been living at the singer's Los Angeles home.
In a joint statement the couple called their ceremony as a "wedding". Although same-sex marriage is illegal in California, the two are, under the new law, registered domestic partners.
"We are so grateful for the blessings from our friends and family as we commence our vows, and begin the rest of our lives together," their statement said Monday.
The ceremony attracted Hollywood's A-list. Guests included Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Al and Tipper Gore, Jennifer Aniston (Brad was invited but is on location with Troy in Malta and couldn't make it), Helen Hunt, Mike Myers, Sally Field, Ellen DeGeneres, Sheryl Crow, Christina Applegate and Kathy Najimy.
Etheridge wore a "candlelight pantsuit of a linen jacket with beaded accent and crepe trousers," while Michaels was attired in a lace coat "crystal embellished scalloped trim over a white matte jersey gown."
The duo exchanged matching, custom-made platinum and diamond bands designed by jeweler to the stars Rafinity.
Before meeting Michaels, the two time Grammy winner shared her life for 12 years with Julie Cypher. They went on to have two children together, Bailey and Becket, each carried by Cypher with singer David Crosby contributing his sperm. Etheridge and Cypher split up in 2000 but continue to share custody of their children.
Michaels, 28, is best known for playing high-maintenance princess Nicole Julian on the defunct WB series Popular. She'll next be seen in a recurring role in Showtime's lesbian drama series The L Word.
Last month in Toronto, singer Janis Ian wed her longtime partner Patricia Snyder. Same-sex marriage has been legal in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and British Columbia since the early summer.Note: Pictures from the wedding can be found on the photo page.
Advocate, 2004 January issue: (excerpt from article)
"Melissa and Tammy: A love story"
While the same-sex marriage debate raged in 2003, Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels took matters into their own hands and threw themselves a wedding.
Now the couple sit down for their first joint interview, Tammys first since coming out. An exclusive glimpse inside the Etheridge-Michaels householdand of Melissas rocking new album, Lucky; Tammys debut on The L Word; and the two mothers plans for another child
What does same-sex marriage look like? On some fall Sundays, in one big house with classic white siding in the rolling hills of western Los Angeles, it looks like this: Melissa Etheridge and friends are watching the Kansas City Chiefs play football on a big-screen TV in the family room. Etheridges partner of two years, Tammy Lynn Michaels, and their childrenBailey, 6, and Beckett, 5are likely dividing their time between the family room, the cozy and chaotic playroom that the children govern, and, weather permitting, the inviting green lawn out front.
In a home not far away resides Julie Cypher, the childrens other mother, who shares custody: seven days here, seven days there. And dropping by for occasional visits is David Crosby, the childrens biological father, and his wife, Jan. Theyre definitely one wing of our family, Michaels says. We have, like, a family mansion, and they live in one wing. Weve got all these little wings that make it nice.
Id never been so clearly and purely in love beforeever in my life, Etheridge says, sitting with Michaels on the living room couch for their first-ever joint interview. Not until I was 40 did I find something so clear and clean. For my children, for my partner, I wanted to get married.
Tell me about the wedding.
That you thought other people did?
Was there any discussion between the two of you that this would also have a larger meaning to a lot of people beyond those 200 guests?
And in the two months since then, has the marriage changed your relationship?
Tell me how.
Etheridge: Yes, yes, yes. I found that that fear that she will leave me is no longer there. Theres a solid ground to the relationship where you land and you go, OK, we had a disagreementnow, how do I make this work? Theres no Out door anymore.